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Monthly Archive:: November 2012

ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s new from Chicco, Combi & Recaro

We already reported some of the highlights from the ABC show in our previous blogs but here is our full scoop:

Chicco – the big news is their NextFit convertible which will [hopefully] be available by early summer 2013.

                

NextFit Specs & Features:

  • 5-40 lbs RF; 22-65 lbs FF
  • Overall max height of 50″
  • Rear-facing height limit: 1″ rule
  • 17.5″ top harness height
  • 25-26″ seated height
  • 2 position chest clip: wider for forward-facing, more narrow setting for rear-facing
  • Harness straps widen automatically as harness height is raised
  • 9 recline angles & dual recline angle indicators (for both RF and FF position)
  • SuperCinch LATCH tightening system (force multiplying system)
  • Bottom infant insert cushion should be removed at 11 lbs
  • Lockoffs: for both RF & FF; use lockoff opposite buckle side; don’t switch retractor if using lockoff but doing so won’t be considered misuse either
  • Latch: open belt doors to remove LATCH attachments; move LATCH belt into desired belt path then close doors
  • Product weighs approx 25 lbs
  • Expected availability in U.S. – June 2013
  • $279.99
  • Will go to Canada but not right away

We messed up our first NextFit video when we failed to attach both LATCH connectors before pulling on the SuperCinch tabs. Ooops! So here’s a redo, showing the correct way to attach and use the SuperCinch feature on the NextFit.

 

 

New Chicco fashions:

  

 

Combi

  • Working on Coccoro adapter for Catalyst stroller; expected availability 2nd qtr; no pricing yet
  • Red Coccoro! (Not a sure thing so don’t hold your breath)

 

 

 

MGT-1 (prototype name)

  • 5-65 lbs
  • Egg crate foam & EPS
  • Potentially available 4th qtr 2013
  • $399.99?

          

 

Recaro

HERO (Headrest Optimization System) technology will be incorporated into new Recaro CR models with an integral belt system

Working on 5-35 lbs infant seat
Will hopefully be ready by next ABC show

Performance Series

  • New convertible line 5-40 lbs rear-facing; 20-70 forward-facing up to 50″
  • Harness pads are removable; 12″ long
  • Harness slots will be wide enough so pads will slide through them (to shorten pad length on smaller child)
  • Rear-facing belt guide (faux lockoff) on previous convertibles has been removed

      

 

ProSport combination seat – now allows lower anchor attachments to be used in BPB mode

 

NEW ProBooster Performance Series (prototype)

  • 15″ depth
  • 12″ wide at armrests
  • Non-adjustable lower LATCH attachments
  • Didn’t measure height but should be as tall as current ProBooster model

    

Vivo booster fashions

 

Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro *Giveaway* – Week 1 of CarseatBlog’s Holiday Giveaway Bonanza!

The Holiday Season has arrived and here at CarseatBlog we’re raising our glasses and toasting our smart, savvy, fabulous readers and dedicated forum members! Since we know that praise and appreciation are nice but awesome giveaways are even nicer, we’re starting this party off right…

For the 1st week of our Holiday Giveaway Bonanza, we’ve partnered with our generous friends at Kiddy USA to offer an IIHS “Best Bet” rated Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro booster seat in the Phantom fashion! We have a full review of the innovative Cruiserfix Pro here and it’s on our list of Recommended Seats for good reason!

This contest is now closed and a winner will be announced soon. Thanks for participating! 

There are three (3) ways to enter to win this awesome booster seat!

  1. Leave a comment below (only 1 entry per household).
  2. LIKE the CarseatBlog Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on our Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).
  3. LIKE the Kiddy USA Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on the CarseatBlog & Kiddy Cruiserfix Pro giveaway post there (only 1 entry per household).

 

Apologies to our Canadian friends and those residing in Alaska & Hawaii but Kiddy can only ship to a winner in the US Mainland.

Now for the fine print:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or any sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com during 2011 or 2012 (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above.  We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.

The contest will close on Sunday night, 11/25 and a random winner will be chosen on Monday, 11/26. If a winner is deemed ineligible based on shipping restrictions or other issues or does not respond to accept the prize within 30 days, a new winner will be selected.

Good luck!

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ABC Kids Expo 2012: What’s New from Dorel (Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st, Eddie Bauer & Cosco)

In their Maxi-Cosi line, the Prezi infant seat (based on the European Maxi-Cosi Pebble) is already shipping! We had a chance to play with it at the show and I was very impressed! Stay tuned to the blog for a full Prezi review coming soon! In the mean time, here are some Prezi details and pics:

  • 4-30 lbs
  • Adjustable headrest with no-rethread harness
  • Removable infant insert (4-11 lbs)
  • Air Protect technology and G-Cell energy-absorbing foam (from Indy race car technology)
  • Easy out harness; not removable
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Going to Canada, possibly 2nd Qtr 2013
  • Push on latch connectors
  • 4 position adjustable base
  • 11.7 lbs carrier weight
  • 4.5, 6.5″ crotch strap/buckle slots
  • 12″ top harness height setting
  • Harness stiff but smooth
          

 

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 will be available soon *without* TinyFit insert! $249

  • Shipping in Dec, avail 1st Qtr 2013
  • Will be called Pria 70
  • Minimum weight rating 9 lbs (not designed to fit smaller newborns)
  • 9-40 lbs RF; 22-70 lbs FF
  • 8.5″ bottom harness slots
  • Air Protect technology
  • Fashions include pink/steel blue/dark gray/ light gray
  • Will also be available in black leather
I am VERY excited about this new addition to the product line! I really love the Pria 70 but the TinyFit insert made it relatively complicated and most parents use an infant seat first and don’t necessarily want or need the additional insert.  See our full review of the Pria 70 (with TinyFit) here.

  

 

Pria 70 with TinyFit insert will continue to be available $289

  • Will be called “Pria 70 with TinyFit”
  • See Heather’s thorough review of this innovative convertible here

 

New from the Safety 1st product line:

  • BOOSTAPAK! It’s an adjustable backpack! It’s a backless booster! It’s totally funky and innovative & cool!
  • We’ll have a review soon so stay tuned

 

        

 

New from the Cosco product line:
  • Stack It backless booster: $18.99; currently available at K-Mart
  • Rightway Highback Booster $34.99; Walmart exclusive; hbb version of Stack It. (Stack it bottom with Pronto back)
  • New fashions for Apt 40RF convertible & Comfy Carry infant seat
      

 

I had some questions about the seatbelt routing on the Top Side backless booster (since it’s different from almost all other dedicated boosters) and they confirmed that the shoulder belt portion of the seatbelt MUST be routed over the armrest. Routing the seatbelt the traditional way is not an option based on their testing. I think this is one of those rare situations where parents and kids are going to get it right – and CPS Techs may mess it up if they don’t carefully read the manual and follow the diagrams.

 

Cool, ultra-compact  Quinny Yezz stroller $279 (weighs only 11 lbs)

 

How to Keep Your Baby Warm This Winter

Snow is falling and parents everywhere are thinking about how to keep their kids warm this winter. Some climates are milder than others where in others, your nose falls off from frostbite the second you step outside. There are good and bad ways to go about keeping your kid warm in a carseat and I’ll show you how to do it the safe way here. First, let’s memorize this important tip: nothing goes between your child and the carseat or the harness. What does that mean? You shouldn’t put anything under your child in the carseat that didn’t come with the carseat out of the box nor should you put anything between the child and the harness, like a blanket. Why? Compression. Padding compresses leaving the harness loose and a loose harness means an increase in chance of injury. So, keeping this tip in mind, puffy snowsuits are great in the snow, but not in the car.

 

puffy snowsuit

 

You might think, “OK, so I won’t use the one that has all the puff and fluff behind it. I’ll use the one that has the thin blanket behind it instead.” Guess what? I tested that one too. And guess what? Oy. I was truly surprised because I thought it would be OK. After all, it was a very thin layer, but it also left the harness loose AND take a look at the pictures to see what truly shocked me.

See how my doll’s chin is pushed all the way forward to his chest? I can’t begin to tell you how much that scares me. The KeyFit that I’m using isn’t a big seat, but it is a rounded seat on the backside, so the Lite Bundleme may fit a different infant seat more favorably. But it still is going to leave slack in the harness. Adjusting the elastic that holds the Lite Bundleme to higher up on the back of the infant seat does affect the fit of the doll. The product instructions don’t specify where to place the elastic on the infant seat, simply to place it over the back of the seat. So, it’s quite feasible that a parent could over-stretch it as in the first picture in the hopes of keeping it from sliding off. Hopefully common sense comes into play and the parent sees the chin-to-chest of the baby and knows that’s not a good fit of the product.

 

Instead, if your baby must wear a warm suit, use a fleece bunting over a long-sleeved onesie. Fleece will keep your baby warm, especially with fleece blankets layered on top. Using several thin layers allows you to adjust your baby’s temperature more easily as you go from one environment to another so babe doesn’t overheat or get too cold. Some fleece suits have fold-over flaps for hands and feet coverage too. Carters and Old Navy are good places to start for fleece jammies and brands like Columbia and The North Face have the more heavy duty fleece buntings. Infant seat shower cap-style covers are pretty plentiful and come in all different colors and designs (including some really cute ones!), so you have plenty from which to choose. Remember, to be safest, when your baby is in the carseat, always keep her buckled securely and use layers for comfort. Here’s a list of shower cap infant seat covers:

JJ Cole Car Seat Cover

Jolly Jumper Sneak a Peak Infant Carseat Cover Deluxe

Jolly Jumper Arctice Sneak a Peak Infant Carseat Cover

The First Years Carseat Cover

Snugaroo Fleece Infant Car Seat Jacket/Cover and Matching Baby Hat

Babbaco Babbacover Snuggle Fleece

Kangaroo Infant Car Seat Fleece Cover

NoJo Double Zipper Baby Cover-Up

These are the JJ Cole Bundleme products I tested. The Urban Bundleme and the original Bundleme are the same, but the Urban has an upgraded outside fashion. If you’re going to use a Bundleme product, I’ve marked the safe one.

As you can see from the list above, there are lots of covers from which to choose and you can even make your own. For older toddlers and big kids, there are ponchos. The key is to make yourself aware of the dangers of loose harnesses and to know that during the most slippery driving time of the year, it’s especially important for our kiddos to be buckled up properly. Drive safely and warmly!